Oh good, you’re here . . .
Relax. I can’t see you. This isn’t one of those new websites where I’m secretly on the other side of your screen, peeking out at you. It’s perfectly safe. Here’s where you can read my published stories, find out more about my work, and buy my novel, Lies and Love in Alaska . You can access my Facebook, Goodreads and LinkedIn pages, and fill out a form to contact me. A click on Landlady Letters will take you to my blog. You may be surprised. A brief description of each link is listed below. So dive in.
By the way, I love that shirt you’re wearing right now. It really matches your eyes.
I’m a freelance writer, a licensed psychotherapist, and I teach psychology courses at Mendocino College here in the northern California wine country. Back in high school I landed a job as a reporter at the local daily paper, and even after I changed careers many years ago a great part of my heart and almost all of my free time are devoted to writing.
You can find out more by clicking on About.
Published Short Stories
I made a potentially fatal mistake as a writer one early morning in 1994 when I answered the phone to a woman who said she was an editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine. She said they wanted to publish a short story I had sent them. And I said, “cut it out, Mom; that’s not funny.” Oops. Lucky for me, that Cosmopolitan editor had a sense of humor and I’ve been pretty lucky in the world of freelance writing ever since, thanks in part to my mentors Adair Lara (Naked, Drunk and Writing) and Marion Roach Smith (The Memoir Project). My published work is sometimes called memoir, sometimes first-person, mostly humor with some pathos thrown in. It’s about life, in other words. You can read some of it by clicking on this link.
People ask me, “is Lies and Love in Alaska a true story?” Yes, every word is true. Every character is real, even the pyromaniac and the taxidermist chef. But while the story is true, thankfully it’s not my story. It happened to many women during a strange time in the 1990s. By clicking the Book link you can read about the novel and how it came to be, and buy a copy on Amazon or through your local Bookstore.
I promised my dogs some some space here. It’s risky, I know, letting greyhounds write my blog. They’re a temperamental breed and Adin in particular can be cranky, especially when we’re having one of our domestic spats like how the chicken I had thawing on the countertop ended up out on the lawn. (I still don’t think it was the wind.) But I’m willing to give them some freedom of expression. They're sensitive about their public personae and prefer to be known as my tenants.
Read it all in the Landlady Letters Blog.